Obsessing Over Trivia

“The details of life have a tendency to interfere with the actual living of life.”

― Richard Diaz

Everyone wants to be happy. So they search how to go about it. It becomes an obsession with some people, studying the minutiae, comparing different ways on how to achieve it.

This is most evident in weight loss or physical fitness (especially in the US, where most of us, especially our youth who are – approaching a majority – obese), where there is a myriad of diets and exercise regimens on the market, each with its own emphasized programs and testimonials, all claiming to be the newest and best, based on “scientific”, “proven” evidence. 

Overlooking the fact that there is no food that is inherently harmful if eaten in moderation and balanced with other wholesome foods, and simply getting off our rear-ends and walking daily.

Or in religion, where every line, phrase, and chapter of holy writings is analyzed for some deep insight, some arcane meaning that each sect claims to have discovered and possess and, if obeyed, promises eternal bliss.

Overlooking the fact that every religion teaches if you treat your god and fellow man with love and respect, you’ve done all you need to do.

There are other examples of where we get caught up in the details and miss the big picture, miss the meaning of what is really important, but you get the idea.

It was best summed up in today’s comic strip, “Pickles” (by Brian Crane):

Earl (the husband) : People get their panties in a wad over the stupidest things. I can sum up the secret to peace and serenity in 3 words…Don’t obsess over trivial details.

Pearl (his wife): That’s 5 words.

Earl: My point exactly.

If we could only let go of those things that we think are important, but really only disrtact us from what is actually important, life would be so much more enjoyable.

– Bill

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